Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Trail Day Hike with Government-Licensed Guide

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Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Trail Day Hike with Government-Licensed Guide

Kiso Valley, best known for the Magome and Tsumago traditional villages, is another beautiful spot in the Japanese Alps. With one of the most famous hiking paths in all Japan, we set foot there on our quest for traditional Japan.

Magome and Tsumago are two beautifully preserved traditional villages. This value-packed Nakasendo trail day hike between Magome and Tsumago with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore both of the ancient post towns!

It is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) long and has only gentle elevation changes which takes around 2 hours to easy walk at a leisurely pace.

This private tour is a hiking day tour. Please wear hiking boots and gear for this tour. Public transportation or local taxis maybe used to transfer between sites. Exact transportation costs can be discussed with the guide after a reservation is finalized. Please have Japanese Yen on hand for your transportation costs.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nakasendo Magome-juku, Magome, Nakatsugawa 508-0502 Gifu Prefecture

While Magome and Tsumago served the same purposes for old-time travelers, the city has been preserved and restored in a very different way than Tsumago, with a broad stone walkway lined with trees and many traditional houses and craft shops.

Another difference is that it is on a slope, which leads to some beautiful views of the surrounding valley, and is home to several small museums that showcase the history of the town, the artists that lived there and their way of living.

I would recommend grabbing a drink or something to eat at the restaurants on top of the village and enjoy the views over the valley, or at the lower part to mix with the very interesting locals.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun 399-5302 Nagano Prefecture

Tsumago is almost flat but also a very charming village that takes you back to the old Japan. The town was one of the first historical preservation projects in all Japan (if not the first) and it recreates the ambience with its unpaved streets and concealed cables.

It keeps many of the traditional houses, like the original inn (the Honjin) that welcomed the merchants that traveled the Nakasendo, and the secondary inn (Wakihonjin), the old notice board used to publish the decrees from the Shogun, the Buddhist temple (built during the XVI Century)…

But you’ll find it even more charming on it’s best enjoyed at night, when they lit up their lanterns and everything becomes quiet but, maybe, a drum beating.

Duration: 2 hours

Informacion Adicional
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a walking tour. Pick up is on foot."
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Duration: 6 Hours
Start location: 1: Magome, Nakatsugawa, Gifu 508-0502, Japan
2: Nakatsugawa Station, 2 Chome-1 Otamachi, Nakatsugawa, Gifu 508-0033, Japan
3: Tsumago-juku, Azuma, Nagiso, Kiso District, Nagano 399-5302, Japan
4: Nagiso Station, Yomikaki, Nagiso, Kiso District, Nagano 399-5301, Japan

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Licensed Local English Speaking Guide
  • Meet up with guide on foot at a designated meeting point

Not Included

  • Transportation fees, Entrance fees, Lunch, and Other personal expenses
  • Private Vehicle
  • You cannot combine multiple tour groups.
  • Guide Entry fees are only covered for sights listed under What to Expect.


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